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Today β€” November 17th 2018NPR Technology

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk

By Martin Kaste
Facebook has been using artificial intelligence to detect if a user might be about engage in self-harm. The same technology may soon be used in other scenarios.

Ten times a day, on average, Facebook's AI-driven self-harm detection system alerts authorities to someone who may be about to harm him or herself.

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  • November 17th 2018 at 11:00
Yesterday β€” November 16th 2018NPR Technology

Reddit: Downvoting Conspiracy, Upvoting Community?

Are disinformation and conspiracy just par for the course on “the front page of the internet?”

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  • November 15th 2018 at 17:06

Why Ford Is Getting Into The Scooter Business

By James Doubek
Ford is buying electric scooter company Spin in what experts say is the biggest investment of an automaker into "micromobility."

Money is going a lot of different ways in the car industry. Experts say companies are investing in new technology simply because they don't want to be left behind.

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  • November 16th 2018 at 16:03

Simone Giertz: What Can Making Useless Robots Teach Us About Joy?

By NPR/TED Staff
Simone Giertz on the TED stage.

Simone Giertz is an inventor of useless robots. She finds joy and freedom in learning to build machines that are meant to fail. She shares that joy with millions through her YouTube channel.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

  • November 16th 2018 at 15:20

Facebook Is On The Defensive After 'NYT' Report On Response To Russian Interference

By Alina Selyukh

Facebook says it is cutting ties with the Washington consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, which spread disparaging information about the social network's critics.

  • November 16th 2018 at 00:04
Before yesterdayNPR Technology

How Amazon's New Headquarters Could Change Communities In New York And Virginia

By Alina Selyukh

Amazon announced its expanding footprint, adding some 25,000 jobs in Long Island City in Queens and Arlington, Va. Some in those cities are worried about housing prices and congestion on the roads.

  • November 13th 2018 at 23:58

How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

By Alina Selyukh
Since its creation in 1994, Amazon has grown far beyond books.

Amazon means shopping. It also makes movies and smart locks, publishes books, operates stores, and helps other companies deliver packages and run websites. How many Amazon brands will you recognize?

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  • November 13th 2018 at 15:20

Amazon's Grand Search For 2nd Headquarters Ends With Split: NYC And D.C. Suburb

By Alina Selyukh
Amazon has wrapped its search for HQ2.

After a yearlong search, Amazon announced Tuesday that it will divide its second headquarters between the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and Arlington in Northern Virginia.

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  • November 13th 2018 at 12:01

'The Cleaners' Looks At Who Cleans Up The Internet's Toxic Content

By Ari Shapiro
Content moderators are responsible for determining what we see and what we don

Filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck discuss how their documentary tells the sobering story of the trauma and challenges faced by those who sift through social content.

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  • November 13th 2018 at 01:56

R.I.P. HAL: Douglas Rain, Voice Of Computer In '2001,' Dies At 90

By Emily Sullivan
Douglas Rain in Canada, July of this year.

Rain was best known for the eerie, sonorous voice he lent to HAL 9000 in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film. However, he was also celebrated for his decades of performances on the Shakespearean stage.

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  • November 12th 2018 at 13:46

Troll Watch: On Eve Of Midterm Elections, Misinformation Targets Bigger Political Issues

New York Times columnist Kevin Roose was tracking trolls and fake news on social media during the run up to the midterm elections .

  • November 11th 2018 at 23:24

AI News Anchor Makes Debut In China

By Merrit Kennedy

"This is my very first day at Xinhua News Agency," says a sharply dressed artificial intelligence news anchor. "I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences."

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  • November 10th 2018 at 00:11

Gab Server Subpoenaed By Pennsylvania Attorney General

By Ayesha Abid
Phone users on social media.

Tweets by Gab, a social media site used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, show that the site's new server host, Epik, has been subpoenaed by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

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  • November 9th 2018 at 01:59

The Bots Aren't Coming For The Midterms … They're Already Here

Twitter and Facebook are trying to make sure fewer people see misinformation online…but it's still there.

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  • November 5th 2018 at 17:06

Amazon Plot Twist: 2 Cities Will Split The 2nd Headquarters

By Alina Selyukh
Splitting Amazon

The surprising decision to divide the win is an anticlimactic ending for a much-hyped, Olympic-style search. The plan promised up to 50,000 new high-paying jobs and drew 238 bids.

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  • November 6th 2018 at 19:02

Facebook Blocks More Than 100 Accounts, Citing Possible Foreign Influence

By Giles Snyder
A man works at his desk in front of monitors last month during a demonstration in the war room, where Facebook monitors election-related content on the platform, in Menlo Park, Calif.

A day before midterm elections, the social media giant announces that it suspended the accounts after it was notified of suspicious activity that may be linked to foreign entities.

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  • November 6th 2018 at 10:30

Supreme Court Won't Review Decision That OK'd Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

By Bill Chappell

The FCC, along with telecom companies, was in favor of voiding a lower court ruling that upheld its 2015-era rules, according to a Democrat on the commission.

  • November 5th 2018 at 20:57

Right-Wing Hate Groups Are Recruiting Video Gamers

By Anya Kamenetz
Alt-right recruiter brings young video game player into fortress.

Experts say white supremacist hate groups are targeting young video game fans for recruitment via YouTube, Twitch, game-related forums and directly within multiplayer game chat.

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  • November 5th 2018 at 16:37

Reading The Game: Donut County

By Jason Sheehan
Mira and her raccoon pal BK. Spoiler alert: He

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a trip to Donut County — which is about doughnuts, yes, but also giant holes, cranky raccoons, and learning not to be a jerk.

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  • November 5th 2018 at 13:00

Can't Stop Worrying? Try Tetris To Ease Your Mind

By Maanvi Singh
Tetris and other absorbing brain games can get you into a "flow" state that relieves stress.

There could be an upside to your phone addiction. Games like Tetris can reduce anxiety, according to new research. So if you've got Election Day jitters, go ahead and launch that app.

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  • November 5th 2018 at 11:00